Archive for May, 2010

CD Review: Mike Patton – Mondo Cane

31 May have just published my review of Mike Patton’s latest solo album, Mono Cane – a wonderful romp through ’60s classic cinematic, lounge-style tunes all sung in Italian.

Excerpt: The prolific Mike Patton returns with a project unlike any that have come before it. Sung entirely in Italian, the album ‘Mondo Cane’ features a 40-piece orchestra, choir and band. Listeners have had hints of Patton’s multi-lingual abilities in the last, such as tunes found on earlier Faith No More releases. However, ‘Mondo Cane’ sees the twisted genius using his talents to pay homage to other songwriters, including his beloved Morricone, who penned the track ‘Deep Down’. 

Click the link or the album cover for the full review: CLICK HERE

Live Review: Dillinger Escape Plan @ Metro – Fri May 21

27 May have just published my live review of the excellent Dillinger Escape Plan gig at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on Friday May 21, 2010.

From the very first bars, the band are a frenetic live experience. Singer Greg Puciato throws himself into the mosh during the first song; followed closely by guitarist Jeff Tuttle during the second. Dillinger Escape Plan’s live performance is just as chaotic and schizophrenic as their recorded efforts and it’s a joy to behold.

Click the following link or the image below to read the full review: CLICK HERE

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Patina Textures 2

26 May

We’ve had a lot of downloads of our previous grunge and patina textures in the past, so we thought we’d upload a fresh set of automotive patina textures for you this week. Consisting six high-resolution images, you’ll find varying degrees of paint decay and rust that will hopfully inspire your own designs.

As usual, our texture images are absolutely FREE for personal and commercial use, however resale and repackaging or distribution is prohibited.

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RIP Slipknot's Paul Gray, Aged 38

25 May

News has filtered through that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray has been found dead in a Marriott  hotel room in Johnson, Iowa. Aged only 38, officials have said they don’t suspect foul play and that an autopsy and toxicology report are due to be performed shortly. His wife Brenna is expecting their child this year.

It has been a bad few months for the metal world, with a number of other high-profile musicians and industry legends passing; including Peter Steele of Type O Negative; Ronnie James Dio, Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan and San Francisco manager/promoter Debbie Abono.

CD Review: Escape the Fate – ‘This War Is Ours’ for

24 May just uploaded the review I did on Escape the Fate’s latest album, ‘This War is Ours’.

Escape the Fate (ETF) just doesn’t know what they want to be. The Las Vegas quartet plays a very American, largely accessible rock/metal blend for the most part. Their tunes switch back and forth between swaggering mid-tempo rockers, unconvincing ballads and even more surprising and bewildering blasts of deep growled passages over menacing riffage.

Click the following link, or the image below to view the entire review: CLICK HERE

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Household Textures

19 May

Another week has rolled by and it’s time once again for another Wicked Wednesday texture session. This week we’ve assembled a series of six totally FREE high-resolution textures from around our home and those of our families. We’ve included things as mundane fly screen, vertical blinds and fabric as well as a couple of more oddball textures such as corrugated tin and wicker from a cane chair.

As usual, the textures are FREE for private and commercial use, however resale and repackaging is prohibited.

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Live Review: Jeff Martin @ The Basement – Friday May 7, 2010

15 May just uploaded my recent live review of Jeff Martin (The Tear Party/The Armada) at the Basement in Sydney on Friday May 7, 2010. Below is an excerpt from the review and the entire thing can be read by clicking the link below or the image:

There could be no questioning the benefit of decades of live experience when witnessing the marvellous cacophony these two created with little more than a 12-string Maton acoustic and electric bass. There was no awkward opening number and no mix trouble with Martin busting out of his chair with enthusiasm, his powerful baritone ringing loud and clear over the instruments.


Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Auto Texture Images

12 May

Has been a week already!? Time once again for another round of FREE high-resolution texture images from Hosking Industries. This week’s theme is ‘automotive’ – one that is sure to pop up again from time to time.

As always, our high-resolution textures are FREE for both personal and commercial use. Just keep in mind that we break the fingers of anyone caught repackaging or reselling these textures. Kidding! …or are we?

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Age Old Inspiration: 78-year-old Bob Lutz Wants to Keep Working

08 May

Having worked in the automotive media for almost a decade and grown up a car nut that’s been particularly fond of GM products, Bob Lutz has been a name never too far away from my mind when I think of General Motors. The 78-year-old Vice Chairman has had a long and interesting career; not only with GM, but also with other big name auto companies. He’s held a number of titles with GM, too.

Almost within the realms of an octogenarian, he says that his latest retirement – scheduled to have started at the end of April – is finally going to stick. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t consider going back to work if the right offer was made. He’s the capitalist world’s wet dream: an employee that is willing to work until he’s in the grave!

In an exclusive interview with Autoblog, Lutz was quoted as saying, “I don’t play golf, never have never will. And secondly, I have no desire to go to Hilton Head, or Naples, Florida, or any place like that”.

Clearly, he’s intending to stay busy in one form or another. From the looks of his photo; he’s looking good for his age, too. But it gets more interesting. Lutz is working on a business book that he intends to support with a tour and he’s looking offer his decades of expertise to executive boards who desire it.

“I have had several approaches for board memberships of various companies and I’m going to be meeting with a headhunter who is a specialist in finding board members. He wants to see me, so we’ll see what comes up there. As far as GM is concerned, I have had numerous requests to continue to be available for advice and counsel and occasionally review design properties and stuff like that, so I’ll find a way to stay engaged.”

Whether you’re interested in big business, the auto industry or not; it’s hard not to be inspired by such enthusiasm for life and productivity from someone of his age. I hope I still possess his energy at that stage.